Across the Plains Tour

This tour wends its way across the plain, showcasing diverse garden themes in beautifully manicured and well-tended gardens, many of them bordered by vineyards producing renowned Marlborough wines. Lunch is at one of New Zealand’s best restaurants, multi-award winning Hans Herzog Estate, where you will be able to see the vineyard and purchase a glass of Herzog’s organic wine to accompany the lunch.

Woodend

Woodend

  • Margaret & Brian Herd

Woodend Garden was developed in the 1990s, when a large formal garden was created from bare paddocks. Drive through a formal gateway and along an extensive curved driveway lined with blue agapanthus that set the scene for the established gardens. The gardens feature a number of different zones with unique elements, including the Wedding Avenue, the venue for many Marlborough weddings. forty-metre-high gum trees planted a century ago stand proud in one corner of the property. Large specimen trees have become established at Woodend including oak, liquidambar, silver birch, magnolia, dogwood, chestnuts and gleditsias. Spring is beautiful, with wisteria, flowering cherry and bulbs followed by irises, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and clematis. In summer, roses, hydrangeas and heuchera bloom.

Timara Lodge

Timara Lodge

  • Salina and Barry Walters

This well-known Marlborough garden is being developed by Salina and Barry Walters to add new features while embracing the history and elegance of the property. The impeccably maintained garden was originally planted by Redwood Goulter in 1910 and features many rare and unusual species of plants. The lake continues to be a centrepiece, surrounded by formal and woodland gardens. New points of interest include 300 newly planted rhododendrons, and Salina’s Japanese Garden, which is in development.

Hans Herzog Estate

Hans Herzog Estate

  • Therese and Hans Herzog

Hans Herzog Estate lies on the site of one of the oldest orchards in Marlborough, dating back to 1923, on arid land tucked away on the banks of the Wairau River. Therese and Hans transformed this picturesque plot into a Mediterranean oasis, where people journey for handcrafted, artisan wines and one of New Zealand’s best restaurants, hidden behind giant gum trees. This enchanting and secluded organic wine estate is enclosed by an abundance of immaculate gardens bursting with lavender, iceberg roses, buxus, clipped olive trees and standard bay trees. A special place where you will feel at home – all for the love of wine. 

Welton House

Welton House

  • Wendy & Ross Palmer

The garden dates back to the late 1800s and has a framework of mature exotic and native trees. During the last ten years the garden has been enhanced by garden designer Ross Palmer in partnership with his sister and client Wendy Palmer. The planting style uses a naturalistic palette, native and exotic, within the clean lines of modern hard landscaping embellished with whimsical pieces of garden art. This garden is a must for plant aficionados and those who want to see the direction of modern landscaping.

French Fields

French Fields

New for 2016!
  • Ruth and Barry Struthers

Inspired by trips to the south of France, French Fields was the dream that became a reality for Barry and Ruth Struthers eight years ago. A Mediterranean landscape with mass plantings of lavender and rosemary and small olive groves complements the Provencal-style buildings. Guest suites overlooking the plantings offer a “real taste of France”. There are extensive vegetable areas and a summer fruit orchard at the rear of the house. Various courtyards and the ”Stone Cottage“ gift shop complete the property. The Struthers look forward to welcoming you.